Stump Grinders

How to use a stump grinder

If you have some tree stumps in your yard that need to be removed, you are going to need a tree stump grinder to do the job. Sure, you could hire a professional to do the job for you, but with professional tree stump removal typically costing around $100 to $150 (or more) per stump, it is more economical to try to do the job yourself.

Now, that doesn't mean that you have to go out and purchase a tree stump grinder yourself (though, of course, you certainly can). Stump grinders can cost thousands of dollars to purchase, even if you opt for a used stump grinder. The solution? Stump grinder rental.

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Using Stump Grinders

Most home improvement stores offer stump grinder rental; however, if your local store does not, try looking in your yellow pages or online for tool rental. You should be able to find some local tool rental business that rents stump grinders.

If you have never used this type of tool before, don't let yourself be intimidated by it – with a little knowledge and effort, you can manage it. Here are the steps you need to follow to successfully remove your tree stumps:


  1. First of all, make sure that you read all instructions and take a careful look at all parts of the tree stump grinder. It is likely that you will rent a used stump grinder, as most tool rentals are for used tools (after all, other customers rent and use them as well).
  2. Next, put on safety goggles. These are essential, as pieces of the stump could fly up as the tree stump grinder is working. Without safety goggles, one of those pieces could lodge in your eye. Don't be concerned with how you look in the goggles, just wear them.
  3. Get rid of all of the rocks and debris from around the stump. This will prevent damage to the grinder wheel. It may also be a good idea to use a chainsaw to cut off as much of the stump as possible to make your job with the tree stump grinder easier.
  4. Now, you are ready to start the stump grinder. Place the grinder a few inches above the stump, spin the wheel and lower it to the stump. Move the grinder side to side to clear out the wood chips as you go along. Keep going, moving further into the stump, until the stump and roots are gone, leaving you with an empty hole in your yard.
  5. Plant whatever you want to in the hole, or fill it with soil.
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